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nipperwolf
11-22-2003, 15:49
When NASA was preparing for the Apollo
> > > > Project, it took the astronauts
> > > > to a Navajo reservation in Arizona for
> > > > training.
> > > >
> > > > One day, a Navajo grand elder and his son came
> > > > across the space crew walking
> > > > among the rocks.
> > > >
> > > > The elder, who spoke only Navajo, asked a
> > > > question.
> > > >
> > > > His son translated for the NASA people:
> > > > "What are these guys in the
> > > > big suits doing?"
> > > >
> > > > One of the astronauts said that they were
> > > > practicing for a trip to the
> > > > moon.
> > > >
> > > > When his son relayed this comment the
> > > > Navajo elder got all excited and
> > > > asked if it would be possible to give to the
> > > > astronauts a message to deliver
> > > > to the moon.
> > > >
> > > > Recognizing a promotional opportunity
> > > > when he saw one, a NASA official
> > > > accompanying the astronauts said, "Why
> > > > certainly!" and told an underling to
> > > > get a tape recorder.
> > > >
> > > > The Navajo elder's comments into the
> > > > microphone were brief. The NASA
> > > > official asked the son if he would translate
> > > > what his father had said.
> > > >
> > > > The son listened to the recording and
> > > > laughed uproariously. But he
> > > > refused to translate. So the NASA people took
> > > > the tape to a nearby Navajo
> > > > village and played it for other members of the
> > > > tribe. They too laughed long
> > > > and loudly but also refused to translate the
> > > > elder's message to the moon.
> > > >
> > > > Finally, an official government
> > > > translator was summoned. After he
> > > > finally stopped laughing the translator relayed
> > > > the message:
> > > >
> > > > "Watch out for these a**holes. They have
> > > > come to steal your land."
> >